Waynesville R-VI School District students participated in the district’s 6th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, hosted by AmeriCorps VISTA members. 

District students and AmeriCorps members participated in service learning projects throughout the community, joining thousands of Americans in commemorating Dr. King’s enduring legacy of service.

Waynesville High School students created a motivational unity chain, as well as posters that are on display in their school. Students at Pick Educational and Volunteer Facility committed to putting together more than 2,000 packs of oatmeal for Snack in a Pack.  
Waynesville Sixth Grade Center students provided direct service to community agencies. Approximately 104 students volunteered 208 hours of service to the Life Care Center, East Elementary, Waynesville Library and Good Samaritan.  

In addition, the Waynesville elementary schools participated in an anonymous  MISSION: POSSIBLE project. This encouraged students to do “awesome acts of kindness” during the week and help fellow classmates without revealing their identity. Through all of these acts the students honored Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Waynesville Middle School students participated in nine service project stations. The service project items the students created will be donated to various community organizations and within the school district.  The Waynesville Tiger LEAD group facilitated the stations with assistance from AmeriCorps members.  Stations included making playdough for preschoolers and students with special needs, hand scrub for nurses and food service personnel, blessing bags for the homeless, stress balls for students with special needs, and dog treats and dog toys for animal shelters.

“Service plays such an important role in building character within an individual, and trust and hope within a school or community,” said Todd Whalen, director of community resource and alternative education. “Our Martin Luther King, Jr.  Day of Service provides a great platform to introduce service to students, staff and community members who may have never been exposed to its’ benefits. Our hope is to not only promote service for this one day, but to plant a seed that encourages life-long service within the community for years to come.”

The Community Resource Office  is a grant-supported department of the Waynesville R-VI School District that manages district volunteers, AmeriCorps school tutors, Club TIGER Afterschool Program, Snack in a Pack program, college and career readiness, service learning and more. These programs are made possible by grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and Army Youth Programs in Your Neighborhood (AYPYN). For more information about the CRO programs or how to get involved, contact (573) 842-2250 or community@waynesvill.k12.mo.us.